TIFF20 Review – ‘Shadow In The Cloud’

The first half of Roseanne Liang’s first feature in almost a decade, plays like an atypical World War II movie with a serious The Twilight Zone-vibe. WAAF officer Maude Garrett (ChloĆ« Grace Moretz – ‘Greta’) gets assigned to a dodgy B-17 Flying Fortress carrying the name “The Fool’s Errand”, where she is custodian of a …

TIFF20 Review – ‘New Order’

Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco’s most ambitious film to date, is set during violent protests in Mexico City, where society and classes get overturned to the point of no return. The unapologetic opening sequence sets the tone, soon opening the gates of hell, creating the most shocking political twists. A never-ending anxiety inducing dystopian nightmare ensues. …

Fantasia International Film Festival Short Film Review – ‘Who Goes There?’

Astrid Thorvaldsen’s graduation film from the National Film & Television School in the UK, western/horror ‘Who Goes There?’, was shortlisted for this year’s Student BAFTAs and had its world premiere at Indy Shorts International Film Festival this July, where it won both the Heartland Horror Award and the Heartland Horror Audience Choice award – and …

Fantasia International Film Festival Review – ‘Sanzaru’

Sanzaru, Japanese, noun – three wise monkeys (who “see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil”), a concept that one can interpret as a denial of unwanted truths. Xia Magnus’ debut feature intertwines spirits from the past and the now, transcending beyond Western borders. Evelyn (Aina Dumlao – ‘Introverts’), a young Filipina caretaker, …

Review – ‘The New Mutants’

The final chapter in Fox’s X-Men Cinematic Universe has finally arrived. ‘The New Mutants’ was originally slated for a mid-2018 release, but was then pushed back to 2019 for re-shoots that in the end never happened. After Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox (now 20th Century Studios) was finalized, the film got pushed back another …

Short Film Review – ‘We Die Alone’

In Marc Cartwright’s latest short film ‘We Die Alone’, a quiet young man finds it hard to connect with the opposite sex. As much as he wants to, his anxiety and fear of making a complete fool of himself always get in the way, resulting in ghosting his online dates. His co-worker Elaine is always …

Review – ‘Host’

Shudder’s newest original ‘Host’ takes this pandemic to new horrifying heights when a group of friends summon an unknown evil to join their call after a seance doesn’t go exactly as planned. Blame it on the glitchy internet connection, what serves as another lesson in leaving the dead alone, turns into an hour to die …

Review – ‘Blood Vessel’

‘Blood Vessel’ – what a terrific title! Not a first in its kind when it comes to ghost ships nor Nazi-horror, it tries to combine the two for a rather original but unsatisfying take on this horror sub-genre. Near the end of World War II, the survivors of a torpedoed hospital ship cling to life …

Short Film Review – ‘The Tell Tale Heart’

First-time filmmaker McClain Lindquist takes a huge risk by adapting one of American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe’s short story ‘The Tell Tale Heart’ – and succeeds. For those who are not familiar with the story, the film follows the Narrator (played by Sonny Grimsley), who is haunted by the “evil …

Retro Review – ‘Tales from the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood’ (1996)

In the second feature film based on the iconic Tales from the Crypt comics/series ‘Bordello of Blood’, the Crypt Keeper returns to tell the story of a funeral parlor that moonlights as a vampire bordello. After Universal Pictures’ commercial success ‘Demon Knight’, this sequel was a complete box office flop and disliked by critics all …